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Registration is live for the Fall Camporee, hosted by Ka'ala District! This will be an awesome Star Wars-themed event titled "The Scout Awakens." The dates are October 14-16 at Camp PupukeaClick here for more info or to register

Ko Olina District Events

Aloha leaders,

It's an exciting time for Scouting, with Cub Scouts gearing up for the 2016-2017 school year, camporees coming up for Boy Scouts, and new units starting all over the west side! I'm hoping you can join us at this month's Roundtable on Thursday, September 8 at 7 PM at the Kalaeloa LDS Chapel in Kapolei. It's a great chance to find out what's going on in the district, meet other cool leaders, and learn from the best Scouters on a variety of training topics!

This month at Roundtable, pick up your recharter instructions! Rechartering is when your unit confirms and pays for its members for the 2017 year. First, you log on the Internet rechartering system and confirm your membership. Make sure everyone over 18 has completed their Youth Protection training in the last 2 years! Then you print out a page that's signed by your charted organization head, committee chair, and unit leader. Finally, you submit this packet, along with payment (except LDS units) and applications for any new members, to our office. For more info, see you at Roundtable!

Rocket into Scouting is coming September 24--is your pack ready? Our Rocket into Scouting launch date is September 24 at the Kapolei High School field. Here's how each type of youth in your pack will get their rocket:

  • New Scouts: When your pack sends in new youth applications, we'll give you one rocket per application to distribute! If our staff are at your recruitment event, we can trade you rockets for applications, or if you bring the applications to our Scout shop, you can pick up the rockets.
  • Recruiters of newly registered Scouts: If some of the Scouts who are submitting applications were recruited by existing Scouts, tell us the number of recruiters when you submit the application so we can give you additional rockets.
  • Recruiters of potential new Scouts: Scouts who bring friends to check out the Rocket day, even if they don't join Scouting, can get a free rocket. Have them register online and bring their receipt to the Scout shop to pick up their rocket!
  • Continuing Scouts who want to purchase a rocket: Register online, pay for your rocket, and bring your receipt to the Scout shop to pick it up.

Register here. Or see the calendar for other rocket days that fit your schedule!

The rocket we're using is a real Estes model rocket that takes an engine and goes up over 800 feet! It needs to be assembled at least a day before launch so the glue can dry, so make sure to pick up your rocket by the 23rd! For any questions about recruitment or Rocket into Scouting, please contact our recruitment chair, Lynn Kauhi, at lkauhi@yahoo.com

Need next year's dates for your planning? The 2016 and 2017 dates for many council activities, such as Wood Badge, Day Camp, and Cuboree are in a spreadsheet under "Program Planning" on our main council website, alohacouncilbsa.org.

 

Service Opportunities

On October 8, Makakilo Elementary is inviting Scouts and Scouters of all ages to participate in a Kapolei community work day. The event will take place between 8 and 11 AM, and will be followed by lunch at Kapolei High School. At Makakilo, participants will do touch-up painting and clear and shred brush. Helpers should wear long sleeves and bring any yard tools they have. If your unit can join us in this fun opportunity, please contact Caleb at Caleb.Turner@scouting.org.

 

Upcoming Awesome Events

September 24 is National Museum Day, organized by the Smithsonian Institute. It's a day in which participating museums around the country offer free admission. This year's list on O'ahu includes Iolani Palace, the Queen Emma Summer Palace, and the Pacific Aviation Museum, and others. The free tickets are available at this site: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2016.

The Pacific Aviation Museum has space available in their November 12 Webelos aviation program! It lasts from 9-12:30; for more information, see this flyer

You can also plan ahead for the Pacific Aviation Museum's 2017 "Wonders of Aviation" program! It's 3 hours of hands-on fun where Scouts can see jets and helicopters up close, as well as use a flight simulator. The museum has been providing quality programs for Scouts for decades. Also, they'll be offering a different STEM-related merit badge for Boy Scouts every month in 2017! See it all on this schedule.

Cuboree 2016 is going to be amazing. Cub Scouts will get to have fun and explore Hawaiian culture in the epic setting of Kualoa Ranch, during two sessions, September 30-October 1 or October 7-8 (pick either session). Activities include Makahiki games, ancient Hawaiian astronomy, a campfire with s'mores, a scavenger hunt, a hike in Ka'a'awa Valley, and a teambuilding low ropes course! And did we mention meals are provided? Your pack does not want to miss this event. Click the dates to sign up.

University of Scouting is on November 5. This is a full day of hour-long classes on interesting topics for youth and adults to expand their Scouting knowledge. In addition to supplemental training on things like Scoutmaster conferences, the Order of the Arrow, and cooking with Cub Scouts, you can find BSA trainings like basic leader training for all programs and den chief training. See you November 5 at Damien Memorial School in Honolulu.

Trail’s End popcorn sale 

There are still tons of storefront sales dates available throughout October and November! See SignUpGenius to get your unit signed up! For any popcorn questions, email our awesome popcorn chair Mapuana at mapuanakekahuna@gmail.com.

 

September 24: First popcorn distribution at Oahu Pacific Transfer (94-360 Ukee St., Waipahu)

November 4: Final orders due online (trails-end.com) and last date to return unsold popcorn

November 11: Prize orders due online (alohacouncilbsa.org). Names submitted for bonus prizes.

November 30: Final prize order adjustments for online sales due

December 3: Second popcorn distribution

December 12: Closeout—checks cashed and commissions deposited

 

 

That's all for now--please don't hesitate to contact me if there's anything I can do for you.

Caleb Turner

District Executive
724-8747 | Caleb.Turner@scouting.org
 
 

 

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